Free consulting for small business development in Granby
For those delving into areas of business research and marketing, or interested in starting a new business, help is available.Through Colorado’s regional Small Business Development Centers and Grand County’s Business and Economic Development Association, or BEDA, a consultant will be available to meet one-on-one with local entrepreneurs to help define their business goals to be successful. Since October, Jack Taylor has travelled to Granby to consult with entrepreneurs who want to start a small business or have an existing business. Each one-hour consulting session is free and confidential. “Across the state, it’s a tough time for many businesses. The Small Business Development Center wants to work with existing businesses to help them weather the storm. We also have people coming up with business ideas, and we can help them get started so they can start well.”Taylor covers six counties and works out of his office at Colorado Mountain College in Dillon. “There is a huge need for business consulting in Colorado. The biggest challenge is how to access capital to start up a new business. These counseling sessions will help business owners navigate through the confusion.” Liz Woolf, president of BEDA, says that economic development is a critical issue in Grand County. In September, she invited Taylor to give a seminar about increasing business opportunities in Grand County; more than 30 people attended. Now, Taylor will be in Granby once a month for one-on-one consulting at the BEDA office located next to B & J Plumbing & Heating.Taylor caters sessions to each individual. He looks at their business plan, or helps them get started writing a business plan and asks what they have done so far. “I’m looking to start a relationship with local business owners and help them survive and thrive. I maintain contact with my clients for years,” he said. These monthly business consulting sessions are funded in part by Colorado’s Small Business Development Center and works under the guidance of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Taylor has an MBA in finance and for eight years was the chief financial officer for Keystone Center, where he assisted clients with strategic planning, financial management, and conflict management. For 12 years he has been consulting small businesses and local governments on strategic planning.
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